March 07, 2008
As the time change approaches on March 9, the Vermont Division of Fire Safety and your local firefighters want to remind all Vermont residents to make another change that could save their lives — changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Communities nationwide witness tragic home fire deaths each year. Eighty-three percent of all civilian fire-related deaths are a result of home fires, and on average, nearly three children a day die in these fires. An early warning can provide critical extra seconds to escape and smoke alarms double your family’s chance of getting out of a home fire alive — but only if they work. The most commonly cited cause of nonworking smoke alarms: dead or missing batteries.
Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries. In fact, working smoke alarms nearly cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire. Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends replacing your smoke alarms every ten years.
In addition, state and local fire officials recommend residents use the time change as a time to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors by pushing the test button, planning “two ways out” and practicing escape routes with the entire family.
For more information about fire safety, get in touch with your local fire department, the division of fire safety at www.vtfiresafety.org or call the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® hotline at 314-995-3939, x104.
Source: Department of Public Safety
Last Updated at: March 07, 2008 16:01:53